July 20, 2005
Andreas Klöden, who finished 2nd in last year's Tour and had pledged his support to get Jan Ullrich back on the podium this year, withdrew from the Tour at the 18-kilometer mark of today's stage.
Klöden broke his wrist in a crash early yestereday, and couldn't continue. Teammate Matthias Kessler, who reportedly suffered a concussion in another early crash yesterday, is still in the race.
Klöden's withdrawal leaves 155 riders in the race, and only three teams with all 9 riders: Bouyges Telecom, Cofidis, and Gerolsteiner.